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harry stebbing

Harry Stebbing

Although I have a degree in electronics, I taught with Gerry Lowden at County Upper School in Bury St Edmunds for over 25 years, in the dear dead days of woodwork, metal work and technical drawing, plus a smattering of maths and physics. Having been told not to bother to pass on my skills, I was just there to get the students to pass exams, I lost heart with teaching, so Pam and I decided to work together and make furniture out of English oak. We worked part time for two years and then in 2000 we decided to ‘jump over the edge’ and work totally for ourselves. Whilst at school I started making village signs with Brian Gaze, who was at that time our head of art, and we have been making them together for over 30 years.

Pam Stebbing

Pammie Stebbing

After staying at home to bring up two children, and the youngest had left to go to the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, I joined Harry at County Upper School; working with children who have special educational needs and the last two years at that school working on a ‘one to one’ with a partially sighted student, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I then trained as a Montessori teacher at Cherry Trees School near Bury St Edmunds. I loved the whole ethos of Montessori but left in 2000 to set up a furniture making business with Harry, and have loved every minute of it. I’m the voice on the other end of the phone, who says ‘yes’ to everything and the workshop panic afterwards! I did a furniture restoration course in Norwich so I now have enough knowledge to be dangerous!! Please ring for information and if I can’t help you I’m sure Harry will.
Jonathon Bacon


Jonathan, is a natural when it comes to working with wood. Having taught for over 25 years I have had only a handful of students who were what I’d call ‘naturals’ and Jon is one of them. He came to me straight from school and I had him making a box with such delicate joints that many experienced woodworkers would give their eye teeth to be able to make! We managed to get him on a Furniture and Cabinet Makers course at Norwich City College and of course he won the Apprentice of the Year award. He’s an asset to the business and we all know when he’s happy as the rest of the village can also hear him singing!!

September 21st 2012. Congratulations Jon on gaining your
Private Pilot's Licence, well done from all the team.


Gerry Lowden

Gerry Lowden

Gerry Lowden is part of our happy team of artisans, joining us on a part time basis in the year 2000, a great start to our millennium; he qualified as a teacher of woodwork (cabinet making) and metalwork in the traditional style in 1957.
After 40 years of teaching of an ever changing subject – 25 of those with Harry at County Upper School Bury St Edmunds - he retired as a design technology teacher in 1997. For the last ten years he has been doing private commission work in cabinet making and associated woodworking projects – church furniture, rocking horses and furniture to individual design.
A long standing member of the College of Craft Education (MCCEd)

Joanna Green

Joanna Green

Jo practices the traditional art of gilding, also encompassing painted surface decoration. Much of her work involves the sympathetic restoration and conservation of Antique frames and furniture as well as work within period interiors, architectural gilding, contemporary furniture, painted surface decoration and specialist framing.
Jo has a wide range of customers including Antique dealers and collectors, The National Trust, painting/paper conservators, private owners of period properties, artists and art collectors, furniture makers and restorers, interior designers, yacht designers, kitchen makers and of course the Harry Stebbing Workshop !

Robert Lewis

Robert Lewis

Robert’s first memories of his interest in woodwork was coming across an old biscuit tin containing carved puppet/marionette limbs and torsos in his grandfather’s garage. Having travelled with his father in the Royal Air Force, the family eventually settled in Suffolk where at the age of seventeen, Robert was offered an apprenticeship as a woodcarver with Titchmarsh & Goodwin in Ipswich.
During the mid eighties Robert was invited to tender for the restoration and refurbishment of No 10 Downing Street. The sheer amount of architectural carving involved deemed it necessary for several woodcarvers to be involved. At the end of the project Robert was invited to carve the Royal Arms, (approximately one metre square) which now adorns one of the State Rooms and is one of his favourite commissions to date.
Other projects have included Uppark House, Hampshire : Windsor Castle : Foreign Office, London : St Mary’s Church, New York : House of Commons, London : Globe Theatre : London. In contrast to much of the above, Robert has undertaken regular commissions of extremely small and detailed carvings for pattern making in bronze or brass, and of course does all the hand carving for the Harry Stebbing Workshop.


Sam is an extremely talented illustrator who has a graphic design background, with a degree from Kingston University, Surrey. She has worked for design companies in London and Bury St Edmunds before going freelance. Her clients include private commissions; numerous charities; Wells Harbour Commission, Natural England, and BBC Wildlife magazine. Now she's branching out into fine art, building up a body of work based on the beauty and spiritual meaning of our natural world. Sam has also found time to design all the artwork that’s needed for local maps (maybe showing specific flora and fauna) and area footpaths used in our English oak map cases and now has an input with our village signs. Sam will capture your imagination with her delightful coloured illustrations, so together with the aid of our digital vinyl printer/cutter, it enables us to produce full colour weatherproof interpretive panels, site plans and local footpath maps using Eco-Sol Max inks.

Alan Mitchell

Alan joined us shortly after Gerry, he works for us as and when he can because after working for many years in industry in a senior management capacity he decided to have a change of direction and started Stable Mates with his wife Jackie. Stable Mates' range of hobby horses, wooden toys and traditional pub games are the best of British quality craftsmanship. All the toys are handmade in their workshop in Suffolk and we are happy that he can find time to also be one of our happy band of artisans.
Roger Canwell

Roger Canwell

Roger is our accountant and keeps us on the straight and narrow!

Roger qualified as a certified accountant in 1970 and has held senior financial positions, culminating in 19 years as Financial Controller to a UK subsidiary of a large American oil-field services company.  To start the new millennium he decided to take early retirement to pursue a long cherished ambition to take a degree in History at UEA.  He also won a place in the finals of Master Mind (he came second!) He also acts as Internal Auditor for a number of Parish Councils in Norfolk.



Joe studied at Burslem School of Art and Nottingham College of Art, graduating in 1972 with a degree in Architectural Ceramics. He worked as a modeller at Muggins Pottery in Leicestershire before moving to Suffolk to manage the pottery side of Clarecraft Designs Ltd. There he also worked in the design studio modelling figurines.

In 1991 Joe set up as an independent modeller and sculptor, producing his own ranges and working for many of the large giftware companies.

Around 2005 he taught himself ‘pargeting’, the traditional East Anglian craft of decorative lime plasterwork, and is now a successful and well respected pargeter.  Joe also designs, models, and paints village signs for the Harry Stebbing Workshop.

June Mitchell Roberts


I have known June for a long time - she keeps me calm, because not only does she help me in the office, but she is also my yoga teacher (!) and a member of the British Wheel of Yoga.  As a child, the family moved hither and thither as her father was in the RAF, but thankfully for me she settled in Great Hockham about 20 years ago.  She has a vast knowledge of various kinds of office work, so hopefully she will be on the ball when it comes to your questions and bring some sort of order to an otherwise chaotic office !!  For many years she worked at Lotus Cars Ltd in Hethel, so she and Jonathan – who, as well as being Harry’s right hand man, is also a Lotus car owner and self-confessed petrol-head – have many a long chat about the ‘whys and wherefores’ of Lotus cars !